Traffic police to serve under DGs
* Report to be submitted to governor
By Khawaja Naseer
LAHORE: The local government on Thursday finalised its summary for giving control of traffic police establishment to the district government and it would soon be presented to Punjab Governor Khalid Maqbool for approval.
Besides giving the administrative control of development authorities to district governments, now the DGs moved ahead for taking the administrative control of their traffic police establishments concerned, sources told DailyTimes.
The sources said the district governments had a very clear view that since they were asked for the allocation of funds for the regulation of traffic system, including deciding the parking fee, holding auctions of district bus stands, maintaining traffic arrangements, issuing inter-city permits and development works in their districts through their estimated budgets, they had a right to control the traffic police establishment.
Despite the introduction of Public Safety Commission by the National Reconstruction Bureau to check the working of police establishment, the district governments were not satisfied by the administrative powers. The sources said the governments were now insisting to control the traffic police establishment and in this regard they had completed their feasibility report.
Talking to Daily Times, District Nazim Mian Amir Mahmood said since the district governments were spending millions of rupees on traffic maintenance, they had a right in policy-making and administrative control.
A senior police official said it was unlikely that the district governments would take control of the traffic establishment, as it would create more complications.